Headlines for Wednesday, October 27, 2004

  • Robbins Pulling for Pleasantly Perfect

    Jay Robbins, who made Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) history when he trained the great California-bred Tiznow to back-to-back victories in 2000-01, says Pleasantly Perfect "has an excellent chance" to match the feat Saturday.

  • Embossed Headed to O'Callaghan's Stable

    Kentucky-based Irishman Niall O'Callaghan will take charge of 2-year-old Embossed (Ire) (Mark Of Esteem{Ire}) after the colt sold for 250,000gns at Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Wednesday.

  • Zakocity Dominates Discovery 'Cap

    Frontrunner Zakocity saved ground all the way during his trip around the 1 1/8-mile Aqueduct main track and won the 60th running of the $110,100 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on opening day Wednesday.

  • Haskin: "Watch for Perfect Drift charging in the final furlong."

    Classic Report: Post-Draw Strategy Unfolds

    Several trainers immediately began plotting strategy following Wednesday's post position draw for the $4 milllion Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), which likely will affect the two likely favorites, Pleasantly Perfect and Ghostzapper.

  • New Zealand's Dr Green Most Recent Star for Fusaichi Pegasus

    First-year stallion Fusaichi Pegasus, whose son Roman Ruler was installed the 8-5 favorite in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has another potential star emerging in New Zealand in the form of Dr Green.

  • Exploit to Cloverleaf in Florida

    Grade II winner Exploit, who ranks among the leaders on the second-crop sire list by 2004 and lifetime progeny earnings, will be relocated to John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

  • Trainer Dale Romans, with owners Sarah and Ken Ramsey, at the Breeders' Cup post position draw.

    Pleasantly Perfect is 5-2 Choice in Classic

    Diamond A Racing's Pleasantly Perfect was installed as the 5-2 favorite and drew the 12 post position as he attempts to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Texas' Lone Star Park Saturday.

  • Dubleo Leads Large Field in Bourbon County

    Dubleo, the probable morning-line favorite, will lead a field of 11 two-year-old colts and geldings entered in Friday's featured $100,000 Bourbon County Stakes at Keeneland. Dubleo is conditioned by Todd Pletcher.

  • Grade II Winner Teton Forest to Spendthrift

    Teton Forest, a 2004 grade II winner for B. Wayne Hughes, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at the owner's Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Juvenile favorite Roman Ruler breezed at Santa Anita last Sunday.

    Roman Ruler Morning-Line Pick vs. Seven in Juvenile

    Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, who is only a neck away from being four-for-four in his career, was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Mitchell Happy with Five Post for Kela

    Trainer Mike Mitchell said he was pleased with drawing the five post for Kela after post positions were drawn for Saturday's $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Kela is among the 13 entered for the six-furlong affair at Lone Star Park.

  • Ashado, here winning the Cotillion in her last start, joins Storm Flag Flying at front of the Distaff class.

    Ashado, Storm Flag Flying New Distaff Favorites

    With the defection of defending older filly champion Azeri to the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), Ashado and Storm Flag Flying were installed the morning-line favorites for the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I).

  • Ouija Board points toward FM Turf.

    Ouija Board Made the Chalk in Filly & Mare Turf

    The burning question of whether or not Lord Derby's Ouija Board would go in the V05 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf or the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (both gr. IT) ended at the draw for the World Thoroughbred Championships Wednesday morning when she was entered in the Filly & Mare Turf and was made the 8-5 morning-line favorite.

  • Proctor Looks for Another Distaff Upset

    When Tom Proctor won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in 1994, his One Dreamer paid $96.20. If Indy Groove wins the Distaff – Presented by Nextel Saturday at Lone Star Park, Proctor said she might pay twice that.

  • Biancone Says Azeri Will Win Classic

    There are at least two trainers who think the correct move with Azeri is to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) rather than the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I). One is D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Azeri. The other is Patrick Biancone.

  • For Lone Star Park officials, hosting their first Breeders' Cup is both a joy and a test.

    For Breeders' Cup, Yet Another Host Site Test

    Given the money and time that go into preparing a racetrack for the Breeders' Cup, it would seem inappropriate to use the word "test." But when the World Thoroughbred Championships is held Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park, it will be just that.